I felt led to read a very familiar passage of Scripture this morning. This is one of those Bible stories that is familiar to believers and unbelievers alike. Samson and Delilah.
I read with eyes peeled, longing to see what greater depth the Lord could reveal to me. I saw something interesting: the strength of his weakness. I am not speaking of Delilah. I realize that if you read the entirety of Samson’s story, you will find the reoccurring issue of women problems. I agree that this soft spot was the slippery slope that led to his downfall. However, what stood out to me today was not the enticement of the woman.
I confess that it angers me how Samson seemed to mock the anointing on his life. He took it so lightly that he teased Delilah with different methods to subdue him. I mean, surely he wasn’t that much of an idiot to not realize what she was doing. The key to me is found when he did finally give in and tell her everything about the instructions the Lord had given his parents.
“When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, ‘Come back once more; he has told me everything.’ So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.
Then she called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’
He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
How often do we take for granted the strengths in our lives, forgetting that the anointing is not something given to us for our own purpose? He didn’t even know that the Lord had left him! Sure, he had a weakness in women, but to me his true weakness was found in seeing where he thought his strength was found. The Lord desires obedience more than sacrifice. I believe with all of my heart that it was more than the haircut. He had begun to think that he could not be subdued, that he was beyond weakness.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!”
I urge you to never take the Lord’s Presence in your life for granted. To not recognize His Presence is painful, but to not recognize His absence is extremely dangerous.
Father, I choose to delight in my weakness, knowing that when I am weak, then I am strong in You. Help us to never take the strengths You have given us for granted. I never want to be in the position that I don’t even realize that You have taken a step away from me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 10:12
2 Corinthians 12:7-10